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Johanna Long and the ML Motorsports team
Race: Sam’s Town 300
NASCAR Nationwide Series: 3 of 33
Track: Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Date: March 10, 2011
Johanna Long and the ML Motorsports team did not travel to last weekend’s race at Phoenix International Raceway, but will return to NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) action on Saturday, March 10 in the Sam’s Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Live television coverage of the race will begin on ESPN2 at 5:00 pm ET.
Las Vegas Motor Speedway – This will be Long’s second start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. She has one previous start at the 1.5-mile tri-oval, which took place in 2010 with her then family-owned team, Panhandle Motorsports.
Johanna on Las Vegas – “I’m ready to get back racing in the NNS at Las Vegas this weekend! I’ve only raced here once, but from what I remember I really liked the track and I’m eager to race here again. The ML Motorsports guys have been working really hard at the shop, so hopefully we can come here and continue the momentum that we started at Daytona.”
Last Race Recap – Long had a strong NNS debut at Daytona International Speedway this February with ML Motorsports. Starting the field from the 21st position, Long worked her way up to as high as 12th. After getting involved in a late-race incident with nowhere to go, the young driver stayed cool, calm and collected and was able to battle her way back to secure a respectable 21st place position.
Welcome On Board Riviera Hotel & Casino –Long and the ML Motorsports team are excited to welcome Riviera Hotel & Casino on board at Las Vegas Motor Speedway as an associate sponsor. For information on The Riviera, you can go to their website at http://www.rivierahotel.com. Johanna, along with several other NNS drivers will be signing autographs at the hotel on Friday, March 9 from 8:00 to 9:00 pm ET.
Welcome Back Race Fuel Energy Drink – For the second year, Race Fuel Energy Drink joins ML Motorsports as an associate sponsor at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. For more information about Race Fuel Energy Drink, visit www.RaceFuelEnergyDrink.com
About Johanna Long:
Johanna Long, the youngest female to race in the NASCAR nationwide Series, pilots the No. 70 Biomet/Foretravel Motor Coach Chevrolet for ML Motorsports. The 19-year-old began racing go-karts at the age of eight quickly moving to Legends and then to Late Models. She made history becoming the youngest driver and only female to win a track championship at Five Flags Speedway. She went on to win the prestigious Snowball Derby in 2010. In 2011, Long drove for her family-owned team Panhandle Motorsports accumulating 23 starts.
Team PR – Jennifer Weaver 574-376-0656 Track PR – Haley Long 850-776-1510